Sweden’s Government Isn’t Entirely Honest

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The Government of Sweden released an article in English attempting to repair the image of Sweden abroad. Let’s go through some of their statements and take a look at how they might be problematic. My sources are hyperlinked so just click the coloured words to reach them.

Claim: “Sweden had its first islamic terrorist attack not so long ago”

The Governments Facts: The only known attempt at such an attack was in 2010. No one was harmed but the attacker.

That is true. However I would like to point out that Sweden has exported more jihadists than all of America. In 2015 it was estimated 250 people had joined ISIS from America. For Sweden it was around 300.

Do keep in mind that one single ISIS-fighter can cause a lot of damage. One person alone can achieve up to 200 kills, especially if they carry out a suicide bombing, and a lot of ISIS-fighters aren’t killed in action. They get educated in the art of killing, handling explosives, generally imbued with hate towards democracy and the West, and then they bring these skills and attitudes back home to the West.

When they return, they aren’t necessarily punished by Sweden. It’s not illegal to be an ISIS member here. For a long time, if the National Security Police (SÄPO) suspected someone will be joining ISIS all they could legally do is give them a phone call and ask them for a meeting – that the person isn’t legally obliged to attend. Although in 2016 it became illegal to travel abroad with intent to commit terrorist acts, or to participate in terror-training.

And it’s shameful it had to take that long. Sweden has been aware of the jihadist problem for several years, they’ve known about people traveling abroad to rape children and kill infidels since 2014. They did nothing. Gothenburg is the city having the most issues with this, yet they didn’t assign a coordinator against violent extremism until 2015. That was the first time it happened in Sweden.

Granted, we did assign Mona Sahlin as a national coordinator against terrorism in the summer of 2014, but all she managed to accomplish in a year was a hotline for the jihadists relatives. This is lethal neglect by our authorities.

They claim it’s hard to prosecute someone for war crimes abroad. So instead of punishing returning ISIS-fighters, or stripping them of their citizenships, we’ve seen suggestions by our politicians to give them therapy, housing and internships. In October of 2016 it was revealed 140 Swedish citizens had returned after fighting for ISIS, and several municipalities are going to handle this by giving them tax-funded drivers licenses, and helping them out with jobs and housing.

So Sweden might not have had it’s own terrorist attack yet. But it certainly has exported terror to other countries. Also, it has been revealed that Swedish humanitarian aid once went to Al-Qaida allies in Syria.

Claim: “There has been a major increase in the number of rapes in Sweden.”

The Governments Facts: The number of reported rapes in Sweden has risen. But the definition of rape has broadened over time, which makes it difficult to compare the figures. It is also misleading to compare the figures with other countries, as many acts that are considered rape under Swedish law are not considered rape in many other countries.

Sex crimes have doubled since 2012 and the legal definition of rape isn’t relevant here, because the source of these figures is the Crime Councils “safety survey”. They are generally considered more reliable than reports to the police, and this also means that factors like the definition of rape widening and taking time to apply in court doesn’t matter. Asking citizens what they’ve experienced and looking at people who dared to report are different things.

And according to safety survey numbers, women’s comfortability with reporting sex crime has actually gone down. Not up. Now this is an important detail, since this is often used as the theory to explain why there’s been an increase. From 2005-2010 women DID feel more comfortable reporting, but since 2010 it’s been going down.

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In order to understand the effect immigration has on crime and rape, we need data. Obtaining that data is easy in other countries, but not in Sweden. The latest official report was in 2005, for the years 1997-2001. It confirmed that immigrants were significantly overrepresented. 4 times more likely to be suspects in homicide cases and 5.5 times more likely to be suspects of rape.

Since then, Swedish politicians have made sure not to release any more statistics. The numbers are being collected by statistical agencies, but they’re not being published. Parliament even denied a motion to produce up-to-date crime statistics based on national origin.

If we look at neighbouring countries, we might find an explanation there. In 2009 Norwegian police reported that non-Western immigrants were responsible for all assault rapes in Oslo the past 3 years. We’re talking about 41 reports. In the third largest city of Stavanger 2012, 90% of rapes were by non-natives, that’s 20 convictions. Those might be small numbers but the official police report from 2011 confirms the trend.

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Perpetrator representation according to age and ethnic background. The blue-ish colour represents “non-Norwegians”. As you can see below, 61,2% of rapists were Norwegians. 10,5% were from Africa, 9,2% were from the Middle East, 12,5% were Europeans, 4,6% Asians and 2,0% Americans. I’d like to point out that “Asian” doesn’t just mean Chinese and Japanese, it can refer to Pakistanis and Afhans as well. Considering that South-East Asians have the lowest registered crime it is likely not predominantly Japanese and Chinese people here.

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Now, notice that “Norwegian citizen” includes people with immigrant backgrounds as well. It is not just ethnic Norwegians that are Norwegian citizens. If we break it up according to continental background then the numbers are as following.

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34,9% of rapists were Norwegians. 19,7% were from Africa, 15,1% from the Middle East, 14,5% from Asia, 13,8% from Europe and 2,0% from America. Considering that immigrants make out a minority in Norway, these numbers are remarkable.

I managed to come across a police report from 2015 as well, showing that immigrants commit a disproportionate amount of rapes. 25% of reported rapes that year were by non-European immigrants. The largest immigrant population is Polish followed by Lithuanians and Swedes. That’s saying something. 82% of victims were born in Norway.

Ethnic Norwegians make up 83.7% of the population as of 2016. Looking at these stats, you can do some quick math and realize that roughly 5.37% of the population commited 25% of all reported rapes in 2015. Or if you will, Africans are 6.25 times more likely to commit rape.

This gives an indication to why the government isn’t interested in updating the report from 2005.

In Sweden, we simply do not know what percentage of sex crimes and murders last year were done by immigrants. Because the government doesn’t want us to know. And on their website they have the nerve to claim that: “We have nothing to gain from covering up statistics and facts.”

Except for your reputation and all your credability. Since you are the ones who’ve been vouching for uncontrolled mass immigration to Sweden the past decade. You’re the ones who haven’t made it mandatory to deport criminal immigrants, you think age testing is racist and you refused to do border ID-controls until 2016.

The Swedish Government says: “According to the most recent study, people from foreign backgrounds are 2.5 times more likely to be suspected of crimes than people born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents.”

Please note how they’re avoiding the numbers for murder and rape. Yeah, immigrants are 2.5 times more likely to be suspected in general terms. But if you look at specific crimes like rape and murder it’s several times higher than that.

The government insists on there not being a cover up, while at the same time refusing to update the numbers. Do you know the best way to tell that they’re dishonest?

If immigrants weren’t severly overrepresented, they’d love to release those numbers because it would put an end to all speculation. It would remove all the appeal of far-right populist parties and their rhetoric. Instead, you’re fueling far-right populism with your lack of transparency.

On the website they claim that:In a later study, researchers at Stockholm University showed that the main difference in terms of criminal activity between immigrants and others in the population was due to differences in the socioeconomic conditions in which they grew up in Sweden.”

Yet the official report from 2005 clearly says, on page 21, that the overrepresentation remains even after controlling for these factors. Claiming that poverty is the cause of rape is offensive to all women who’ve been raped by middle-class men.

The Swedish Government says: “The studies show that the majority of those suspected of crimes were born in Sweden to two Swedish-born parents. The studies also show that the vast majority of people from foreign backgrounds are not suspected of any crimes.”

Yeah, because that needs pointing out. It’s not like it’s obvious that the majority of immigrants are cool people. Still doesn’t change the fact that a minority of bad apples can cause a huge amount of damage.

Nobody is disputing the fact that Swedish people commit crimes, the issue here is how disproportionately overrepresented certain immigrant groups are. Individiuals from North Africa and the Middle East have the highest registered crime. Western Europeans, South-East Asians and Americans have the lowest registered crime.

The big question is: If we already have a rape problem with ethnic Swedes, why make it even worse through the import of more rape? The majority of immigrants don’t rape, so they wouldn’t suffer from in-depth research into this overrepresentation, and what could be done to improve screening of potential criminals.

When someone wants to talk overrepresentation, and your first instinct is to shout “swedish men rape too!”, that clearly shows you’re arguing from a sense of nervous pseudo-morality. Not a thirst for knowledge.

The Swedish Government says: “Sweden is an open society governed by a principle of public access to official documents.”

Oh, so that’s why a man was denied work at the Central Bureau of Statistics, because he once wrote debate articles about immigration, using numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics?

Sweden is a peaceful version of North Korea. You won’t go to jail for speaking your mind here, but there are social consequences. Losing your job and friends are some of them. The award-winning journalist Tim Pool went to Sweden and noted how afraid Swedes were of the social reprecussions for speaking up about these issues. It was hard to find anyone who would appear on camera with their face and identity.

Claim: “In Sweden there are a number of ‘no-go zones’ where criminality and gangs have taken over and where the emergency services do not dare to go.”

The Governments Facts: No. In a report published in February 2016, the Swedish Police Authority identified 53 residential areas around the country that have become increasingly marred by crime, social unrest and insecurity. These places have been incorrectly labelled ‘no-go zones’. What is true, however, is that in several of these areas the police have experienced difficulties fulfilling their duties; but it is not the case that the police do not go to them or that Swedish law does not apply there.

As I explained in a previous post, the only reason they don’t call it “no go zones” is because the police will drive in anyway. And get showered with rocks and potentially riots.

With “no go zones” you’re not trying to say that some places are impossible to visit for everyone at all times. It’s enough that there’s neighborhoods under such high control by criminals that ambulances and firetrucks can’t enter without police escort. The ambulance union demanded riot gear to be able to do their job, for christ sake.

In Seved the post office refuses to hand out packages due to safety reasons. In Tensta they haven’t had a meter maid for 8 months, because they’re afraid to go there. The same thing with journalists visiting Bäckby, Husby, Rinkeby, etc, they get attacked for holding up cameras.

The point isn’t that these neighborhoods are impossible to enter. The point is that non-locals percieved as “intruders” get attacked, and these areas are highly problematic to the point where you start wondering who’s in charge: the cops or the criminals?

Claim: “The high level of immigration means that the system in Sweden is on the verge of collapse.”

The Governments Facts: No. The Swedish economy is strong. Despite the high costs of immigration, Sweden recorded a public finance surplus in 2015, and the forecasts indicate that the surplus is set to grow until 2020.

If the Swedish economy is so strong, why is the government forced to raise taxes AND make huge loans in order to afford immigration? As well as cuts to welfare?

They decreased money for health insurance, which affected handicapped people. A blind 2-year old in a wheelchair who depends on medicine for survival and needs attendance 24/7 was denied assistance. How does this rhyme well with a strong economy?

The government made assisted living for senior citizens more expensive, and even though they promised to raise pensions the poorest of the elderly got even less. In Sollefteå women are being forced to give birth in their cars, since the local maternity ward was shut down due to savings. How does this rhyme with a strong economy?

Every fourth death in Lex Maria reports was due to lack of room and high workload. A patient died because they had to wait at the emergency for two days. An infant died because she was sent home too early. How are you gonna tell me that this isn’t a collapse? It might not be a total collapse where the hospital has been set on fire and burnt to the ground, but it’s certainly a collapse from an acceptable living standard.

The state health department came out and said that the large number of refugees are putting such a strain on the public welfare that hospitals, dental care and the psych ward can’t operate properly.

So the governments reply makes no sense. It’s misleading. It only looks at BNP, it doesn’t say anything about the access to housing, welfare and hospital care. Waiting times in Swedish hospitals are amongst the worst in Europe. We’re on the level of Serbia.

If Sweden’s economy is going so great, why aren’t they looking after their own citizens?

Claim: “Muslims will soon be in the majority in Sweden.”

The Governments Facts: No. It is estimated that there are a few hundred thousand people in Sweden whose roots are in predominantly Muslim countries. But this figure says nothing about how many are religious or not. The Muslim faith communities have approximately 140 000 members. This is about 1.5 per cent of Sweden’s population.

In 2010 there were 430’000 people in Sweden with a muslim background, 110’000 were members in an Islamic congregation. These numbers are from 2010. It is likely to assume they’ve gone up since then, since immigration from muslim countries has as well. I’m not making an indication that muslims will soon be a majority, I’m just stating the facts.

The Swedish Government: “Sweden needs immigration to compensate for the decline in numbers of babies being born here.”

What the? What did I just read?

Let me get this straight. Swedish people are declining in numbers, and therefore we need immigrants from muslim countries. But muslims aren’t gonna be the majority here in Sweden, because Swedish people are becoming fewer and fewer. And therefore we need more and more immigrants. But this doesn’t mean that they’re gonna be the majority eventually! Yeah, that TOTALLY adds up.

The government claims that they need immigration in order to keep the economy going, and at the same time they claim they have nothing to gain from covering up negative aspects of the migration policy. To me, this says it all.

It’s also worth mentioning that they’re blatantly wrong. Without immigration Sweden lies on a stable level of 2,01 in cohortfertility, or in layman terms: About 2 children per woman. The population isn’t increasing by much, but it’s also not decreasing. More people are born than there are dying. Also, an aging population might lead to more people having to support more people, but immigration also means that more people have to support more people, because even immigrants grow old eventually.

I do not believe that Sweden’s immigration policy is about being humanitarian. If it was, Sweden wouldn’t have decreased humanitarian aid to millions of people so they can import a couple thousand refugees into Sweden. Because that’s what happened.

In 2015, 8 billion SEK was taken out and spent on asylum immigration instead, the majority of those refugees being males. The red cross food package can last a family in a refugee camp for a whole month, and it costs 385 SEK. However, every new refugee in sweden costs 499 SEK per day. I think you can imagine the humanitarian disaster here. Yet, when interviewed by SVT, the humanitarian aid minister explains that she finds this “morally justifiable”.

In 2016 the government also cut down on humanitarian aid for various health organisations that combat aids, tuberculosis and malaria. These organisations were already promised 300 million, but when that money suddenly disappeared 159 organisations chose to protest. According to calculations by the Global fund, the result of this suspended funding is 20’000 more deaths and almost one million people becoming infected with HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Once again, this was the decision of our feminist government.

The majority of refugees are left behind in the conflict area. Immigration per say really only helps about 1% of refugees, the remaining 99% need food, water and safety until the conflict resides. So that the government is working hard to prioritize the import of people into Sweden says they’re prioritizing citizen growth, not to help as many as possible.

Sweden’s immigration policy isn’t about humanitarianism. It’s about the economy.

Every country is it’s own corporation, where the citizens are employees, and every corporation seeks continual growth and eternally growing profit. Less employees, less money. Certain countries do have falling birthrates, so the world bank and the UN have suggested “replacement migration” as a solution. A decrease in population is a decrease in economic growth.

What this is, put simply, is that it’s much easier to replace the population than it is to replace the economic system. As usual, it’s all about the money. And that’s how we need to start viewing what’s happening in the world.

If you have read this far, I thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,

Angry Foreigner

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Sex crimes in Sweden – Can you teach men not to rape?

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A myth circulating the internet states that in Sweden the majority of rapes are assault rapes, and that this is due to immigration from muslim countries.

First things first: It is true that immigrants are overrepresented when it comes to rape. A study by the Crime Prevention Council (BRÅ) from 1996 showed they were 4 times more likely to be registered for the offense, and this primarily concerning immigrants from arab countries. A follow-up study from 2005 more or less confirmed the results of the previous one, and so have studies from Denmark and Norway.

However, both Swedish reports showed that the majority of immigrants (85-88%) weren’t registered for crimes what so ever. These numbers shouldn’t be used to smear an entire group of people, they should be used to highlight problematic tendencies so we can counteract crime. If you want a further analysis of these statistics you can watch the video I did on this topic, I go over it extensively there.

There is truth to the notion that immigrants rape more than Swedes. My personal estimation is that approximately half of all rapes in Sweden are conducted by the immigrant minority which makes up 20% of the population. It’s also true that immigrants are more likely to be convicted of crimes due to stereotypes and prejudice within the justice system, but I don’t think that’s enough to explain the overrepresentation.

However, it’s also problematic when statistics get misinterpreted and blown out of proportion to the point where it’s ridiculous. It’s blatantly untrue that 77% of rapists are muslims, and the majority of rapes in Sweden are not assault rapes.

It’s said that 63% of all rapes are committed by a total stranger. This is the result of a misunderstanding. The number is pertaining to “sexual crimes”, a label which includes things like rape, flashing, prostitution, trafficking, molestation, sexual coercion and child pornography.

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In 63% of the sexcrimes, the perpetrator was completely unknown to the victim, in 25% of the cases the perpetrator was an acquaintance, and in 11% of the cases the perpetrator was a closely-related person.

34% of sexcrimes were considered severe enough to the point where they would qualify as attempted, or completed, sexual coercion or rape. The safety study also makes sure to clarify that sexcrimes which occur in the home, or by someone the person knows, are very likely to be underreported in a study such as this. At the same time, the reported number of sexcrimes where the perpetrator is someone you know is 36% – remember, 25% acquaintance and 11% closely-related.

Thus it is entirely possible that the remaining 2/3 of sexcrimes – which aren’t rapes – are primarily those where the perpetrator is unknown. Do also keep in mind that assault rapes and stranger-sexcrimes are not the same, one other report from BRÅ states that 12% of all reported rapes in Sweden are assault rapes. This is along the same line as public statements made by the police – it’s a minority, not a majority.

Page 10 in a different report about how rape is handled in the legal system states that, more than anything, the suspects are most often someone you have a relationship to – whether it’s someone close like a boyfriend, or someone more shallow like a classmate.

Add to this the fact that assault-rapes are more often reported than rapes by someone close to the person, for obvious reasons. It’s not very easy to report someone that you know as a figure in your day-to-day life, especially if the rapist is a respected member in the community. Some fear not being believed, and some simply don’t want to stir up controversy in their social circle. Imagine having to tell all your friends that the well-liked good-looking guy they all know raped you. Yeah, it’s not a fun thing to do.

Also, since the rape wasn’t brutal and violent the victim might try to rationalize that it wasn’t ”that bad” to save themselves from the traumatic experience. Here’s one account, another, yet another, and one by a man – They all display the same repeating pattern and the reaction is gender neutral. The man describes how he was drugged and raped at a party, and kept dating her afterwards – because the idea of being raped, as a man, was so horrible that he pushed it away and acted like it wasn’t a big deal.

Acquaintance rape victims also tend to blame themselves more, especially if alcohol was involved. Being attacked by a madman in a park sort of takes away the whole aspect of: ”Did I do something to lead him on?” So all in all, acquaintance rape victims are overall less likely to speak out, seek help and tell the authorities. All the talk about “women’s responsibility to avoid rape” probably keeps women from reporting as well.

The amount of unreported rapes, according to Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council, are 90% and it’s assumed that these are primarily acquaintance rapes. It is thus most likely that the saying about how most rapes are done by someone the victim knows isn’t at all a lie. The numbers indicate that it’s primarily “ordinary” men who rape, and not maniacs hiding in bushes.

People don’t understand that a typical rapist is a typical person

He’s an ordinary guy. Or at least he appears to be an ordinary guy. On the inside there is nothing ordinary about him, but on the surface there’s nothing differentiating him from other men when it comes to everyday appearance, behavior and social relations. It can be someone good-looking, or ugly, a loner, or a popular guy with many friends, single, or with a girlfriend, unemployed or in a prestigious profession.

So when someone drags up consent classes as a possible tactic towards rape, and you reply by saying ”Im a nice guy who would never do anything bad”, it really doesn’t mean anything. Most rapists are seemingly nice guys, and certainly see themselves in that light.

A study was done where nearly 1900 college students were asked four questions to determine if they had ever raped someone, or attempted to rape someone, but the study never used the word “rape”. And 120 men, meaning 6%, answered yes. A similar study which surveyed 86 male college students found similar results.

It turns out that as long as the word rape isn’t used, rapists will self-report. Because the word rape is taboo, and most typically rapists do not view what they did as rape.

If the immigrant minority which makes out 20% of Sweden’s population are responsible for half of all rapes, then that means Swedish rapists make out the other half. This is easy to forget when discussing rape, but it would be intellectually dishonest to ignore this and only focus on immigration.

Every so called “women’s issue” is also a man’s issue, because women raise us. They become our sisters, friends and girlfriends. I care about the rape issue because I care about the safety of women, not because I wanna use it as a cheap case against immigration.

In my video about immigrant rape statistics I concluded that there are several solutions to the problem, one being higher demands for assimilation, and the other being consent classes – both for newly arrived migrants as well as swedish youths (meaning both young boys and girls) as part of their general sex education.

This caused certain people to get upset and try dismissing me as a radical feminist. The usual objections took place, which is why I eventually decided to do a video on the topic of consent classes in general.

Everyone knows it’s bad to rape

Saying “everyone knows rape is bad” as a counter-argument is meaningless. The stereotypes of rape are so widespread in society people even become confused when you explain that someone can be raped by a boyfriend, and that violence doesn’t have to be present. They will downplay and say that it isn’t “rape-rape”, despite the fact that rape is simply defined as sex against your consent. The word “rape” is so ridden with misconceptions and taboo that not even the people who force others to have sex with them would use “rape” to describe what they’re doing.

The myths about rape, in practice, give rapists a social license to operate. They allow the perpetrator to hide in plain sight. To rape someone and still stay in the same social circle because she won’t tell anyone, since what happened doesn’t fit the sensationalist stereotype of sexcrime.

The unspoken pact to make excuses for what happened, look for mitigation or patch things over, so you can keep believing that what the people we know do to each other isn’t “rape-rape”. Since it wasn’t violent, and she didn’t fight and scream, it couldn’t be “rape-rape”. Making sure that you have it as comfortable as possible when you don’t have to ponder the possibility that a person you’re fond  of could be capable or something terrible.

The general publics ignorance about rape and what the average perpetrator looks like, is one of the reasons why the majority of sexual assault goes unreported. The stereotype of a rapist enables rape. This is especially true when it comes to child rape. When our society keeps the myth alive that it’s primarily the no-good muslim nigger or the dirty loser who doesn’t have any friends, that’s when a nice 41-year old teacher is given the leeway with a 14-year old victim.

How often don’t we hear the same thing repeated whenever someone gets caught for fucking kids? Interviews with the community saying ”oh we never would have thought that about him, he’s so nice, and shy, and tender. He’s so good with the children, they all like him. He’s not a black monster.”

This myth of the perpetrator makes it possible for the perpetrator to find his victim, and many times the parents just leave the prey over to directly to him. No parent would leave their child in the care of a dirty gypsy, yet they think it’s perfectly fine with the 41-year old nice good-looking teacher, or the enthusiastic camp leader. If you don’t know about the bad things in this world, they can creep up on you.

If men are a part of the problem then men can be a part of the solution. We need to talk about this and acknowledge the fact that rape is a much more complex issue than “those brown people are bad and it’s all about foreign culture, but when whites do it it’s just because they’re psychopaths”.

No, rapists aren’t necessarily psychopathic or suffering mental illness. You look at various studies done on incarcarated rapists and the number of psychopathic offenders vary from approximately 5% to 60% depending on the type of offender.

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Also, the mere fact that the term ”non-psychopathic offender” is used in rape research and statistics should tell you something. One study also concluded that rapists actually have more empathy towards women in general than nonsexual offenders, and the same degree of empathy as nonsexual offenders towards rape victims at the hands of other men. The study concluded that rapists may suppress empathy primarily towards their own victim rather than suffer from a generalized empathy deficit.

In my video about consent education I mention a Swedish book by a crime journalist who interviewed sentenced rapists. In one of the chapters, the author met a woman who had a rapist in her social circle. He had been sentenced by the court for having raped and beaten his former girlfriend, yet numerous friends of hers had dated him throughout the years. They refused to accept that he had raped someone, because according to one of the women: ”It’s just impossible, because he’s good in bed.”

That’s how fucking retarded people are. They think that if someone is a rapist then they’re ALWAYS raping, 24/7, every single time they end up alone with a woman. They’re totally incapable of seeing nuance and understanding the psychological complexity of human beings.

It’s completely possible for a person to be capable of tenderness as well as horrible violence. People wear many different hats throughout their lives; Father, son, librarian, firefighter, caregiver, thoughtful, arrogant, foolish.  We can be any combination at any measure.  What I’m saying is that he could be a caring, funny husband while at the same time being a rapist.  Loving to most people, and cruel to others. Evil does not have a face.

Now, the problem with sex education is that it often only deals with the biological aspects of sex, and not the psychological and social ones. Talking about pregnancy and contraception is great, but don’t stop there. Go on to cover the importance of boundaries, the unrealistic expectations porn creates, how consent works, the different faces of sexual assault.

Teach students that nobody else is allowed to define your needs and what makes you feel unsafe. That’s what people need to talk more about, what healthy sexual relations look like.

And even if it might not reach through to those in the risk-zone of becoming a perpetrator, it would at least educate the general public on how it all works so we can create a society that’s more supporting of victims, instead of hounding the shit out of them because their experiences don’t suit your ignorant prejudice about sexual assault. Steubenville wasn’t unique to America, we’ve had cases like that here in Sweden as well.

The reason I think there’s something to consent education is that they tried it in Kenya, and it gave results. Acquaintance rape dropped by 20%, and the amount of boys thinking that miniskirts were inviting them to have sex dropped by 50%.

Now, Kenya is a backwards fucking country. If you can take a country that backwards and get them to stop raping after just a few classes, imagine what could happen in a more developed country like Sweden or America? I really don’t think we should underestimate what can happen when people get together and talk. It also shows that rape can be the result of skewed perspectives, and that’s something you can change.

But of course, just sex ed on it’s own isn’t going to solve everything. This is just one step of many that need to be taken to eliminate sexual assault. Another step is more scientific research.

The little research that’s been done indicates that what creates a rapist is not one single factor or experience, but a combination of different factors contribute to the development of predatory behavior in a young person. Like for example social inadequacy, various types of exclusion, low self-esteem, attachment issues, family dynamics, violence in the family, and lacking social competence. One study also demonstrated that rape is 2x more likely in societies where gender inequality is normalized.

These factors aren’t automatically going to turn someone into a rapist, but they’re commonly reoccuring. There needs to be more research done to reach more conclusive conclusions.

Last, but certainly not least

A frequent objection I see is: ”Consent classes is one of the biggest feminist insult to a man’s intelligence, especially to a western man.”

First of all, these classes should be for both men and women. Only focusing on men as perpetrators wouldn’t be very inclusive since men can be raped, whether by women or boyfriends, and women can be raped by women as well. Consent is a matter of person-to-person interaction, not gender.

Second of all, who gives a fuck if you think it’s an insult? Your feelings are not an argument. If you’re truly serious about stopping rape then you wouldn’t have a problem sitting in a classroom for 2 hours. If you really care about fixing the issue you wouldn’t have a problem thinking: ”I know this doesn’t apply to me personally but maybe other people aren’t as smart, and there’s no way to know for sure just by looking which person might be in the risk-zone, so I’ll just take one for the team here.”

The feelings of offended men are not worth more than the security of women, for the same reason that the feelings of offended muslims and christians aren’t worth more than freedom of speech. There are certain virtues we as a society need to uphold. And catering to the offended is not one of them.